From the early Goths, Kings and Queens of France and Italy. Added to the mix are members of Royal Families including those of Norway, Sweden Germany Ukraine, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Denmark. Everyone seemed to want to be a King!
King Bernard of Italy and Queen Cunegonde di Toulouse (33rd Great grandparents) had several children, and through those children some of our grandparents were also great aunts and uncles!
Perhaps within a Royal Family there are limited opportunities for marriage to those of equal standing.
One of our earlier Royal Connections was King Charlemagne of France our 35th Great Grandfather.
King Charlemagne of France b 742 - 814
He married Hildegarde Von Vinzgau and they had a son Peppin I of Carloman who became King of Italy
King Peppin I of Carloman Italy b 777 -810 married Queen Bertha de Toulise and they had a son who became King Bernard of Italy.
King Bernard of Italy b 797 - 818 married Queen Cunegonde de Toulous
and they had a son Peppin II de Peronne our 32 great grandfather
Count Pepin II de Peronne b 818 married Rothaide de Bobbio and they had a son Count Pepin III de Senlis
Count Pepin III de Senlis de Valois 861 – 893 married Cunigunde (Adela) Duchess de Rennes and they had a son Bernard Comte de Senlis
To give you an example of the lives of some of the family, let’s follow the life of Count Pepin II. (from Wikipeadia)
Pepin (born c. 818) was the first count of Vermandois, lord of Senlis, Péronne, and Saint Quentin. He was the son of King Bernard of Italy and Cunigunda. Pepin first appears in 834 as a count to the north of the Seine and then appears as same again in 840. In that year, he supported Lothair I against Louis the Pious.
Pepin's wife is unknown, she has been spuriously called "Rothaide de Bobbio". His heir inherited much Nibelungid territory and so historian K. F. Werner hypothesized a marriage to a daughter of Theodoric Nibelung. Their children were:
- Bernard (c. 844 – after 893), count of Laon
- Gerberge (born c. 854)
- Pepin (c. 846–893), count of Senlis and lord of Valois (877–893)
- Herbert I of Vermandois (c. 850–907)
- Beatrix (born c. 854)
- Mathilde (born c. 857)
- Adelaide (born c. 858)
Herbert I of Vermandois (c. 848/850 – 907), Count of Vermandois, lord of Senlis, of Péronne and of Saint Quentin, was the son of Pepin of Vermandois.
Marriage and issueMany secondary works call his wife Bertha de Morvois. The main basis of the claim is Historia Walciodorensis Monasterii, an account of the founder of Waulsort monastery, Ybert de Ribemont (Eilbertus, Elbertus), which includes a fabricated genealogy. They are commonly assigned the following children although, again, contemporary testimony is wanting:
- Herbert II of Vermandois (c. 880–943)
- Béatrice of Vermandois (c. 880–931), married King Robert I of France.
- Cunigunde of Vermandois (d. 943)
- Adele of Vermandois